"The Walking Dead"
delivering arguably its best season yet with Season 4, many fans (including this one) would argue it's a shame that the AMC drama got snubbed in the 66th annual Emmy Awards. The series didn't earn a nomination in any of the major series or acting categories for the fourth year in a row, not even for a
given by Melissa McBride.
Fortunately the stars and producers of the show aren't letting the lack of Emmy love slow them down. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd tells
at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 that she doesn't view "The Walking Dead's" continual Emmy omissions to be "intentional slights."
"There's so much good work on television these days there are going to be some people who are always going to be left out," she says. "We're not the kind of people -- the cast or the crew -- who wake up at 4 o'clock on the morning on Emmys morning to see if we were nominated. We're happy with the work that we're doing, and to us the dedication of the fans, the fact that the fans love us, is much more important affirmation that we're doing something right than a very select group of people who might not even be watching the show."
Hurd hopes that mentality doesn't change going forward. "That is never going to be a productive way for us to spend our time," she says of hoping for Emmy nominations. "We really are so happy with the work we're doing. The fans keep us honest. I think if you were to try to change up the show and say, 'We won't feel complete unless we've won an Emmy' or whatever, that's going to ruin the DNA of the show that has worked so well for us and for the fans. That's a fool's errand."
There is a decent amount of politics that goes into getting recognized by the Television Academy, and Hurd says that's not the type of competition she and "The Walking Dead's" stars would like to get involved in.
"What's great about our show is we don't have actors who say, 'Well my work should be recognized, well my work should be recognized,'" she says. "I don't want to be in those mind games. I mean, can you imagine how detrimental it must be? And it doesn't even occur to us."
Hurd adds, "If it ever becomes an awards quest, that could be a very destructive thing, I think."